Lying to the children
|Now THAT is how Man was created...|
"We will affirm the fact that “God created the world and everything in it”. We will affirm that he did so “ex nihilo” – out of nothing."It is extremely concerning that our children may be taught such nonsense as if it were truth (other than just a belief system). The BHA urges you to write to your MP and to Michael Gove to oppose the plans for the school.
Fact? How can something for which there is no evidence whatsoever be a ‘fact’?
"We believe that God, as sovereign Lord of the universe, is capable of creating the world in a few 24-hour days, or over a period of millions of years."
Hedging their bets there – just a small difference between a few days and a period of millions of years. (The Earth is, of course, rather more than millions of years old – it is actually about four and a half billion years old.)
"We do not share the rigid creationist’s insistence on a literalistic interpretation of the first chapters of Genesis. We believe it is honouring to, and consistent with a belief in, the inerrant Word of God to accept that the opening chapters of Genesis, as do many other places in Scripture, contain much that appears to be poetic. Thus, to insist on a literalistic interpretation of the passage(s) in question – which most Christians certainly do not feel obliged to do in regard to other instances of poetry and apocalyptic writings in the Bible - might in fact be very mistaken."
The classic theist position of ‘picking and choosing’ what to believe in their holy book. Whenever science disproves something in the holy book so utterly that it is accepted by the general population, the theist will say it was not meant to be literal!
"We are therefore very happy to believe that God could have created the world in six days. But we do not feel that it is helpful to affirm it as an unarguable fact."
Laughable. They believe it, but not enough to press the point!
"We do not believe that the very plain evidence supporting a lengthy process of evolution needs to be challenged by Christians."
"However, we vigorously challenge the unscientific certainty often claimed by scientists surrounding the so-called “Big Bang” and origins generally.
"We believe that no scientific theory provides – or ever will provide – a satisfactory explanation of origins, i.e. why the world appeared, and how nothing became something in the first place."
...or perhaps not. The origin of the universe is, of course, something we may never know, but that does not mean it should be replaced by an idea for which there is no evidence at all. On the other hand, we do have a very good idea of how and why the Earth appeared.
We will teach evolution as an established scientific principle, as far as it goes.
“As far as it goes”? Evolution is an established FACT, supported by an enormous body of evidence.
"We will teach creation as a scientific theory and we will always affirm very clearly our position as Christians, i.e. that Christians believe that God’s creation of the world is not just a theory but a fact with eternal consequences for our planet and for every person who has ever lived on it."
“Scientific theory”? “Fact”? In the absence of any evidence whatsoever, creation can be neither.There is no justification at all for teaching creation as a possible alternative.
"We will affirm that to believe in God’s creation of the world is an entirely respectable position scientifically and rationally."
To believe in something for which there is no evidence can be neither scientific nor rational.